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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Dogs and their human friends were special guests Friday at the Columbia Police Department for the annual Blessing of the Pets.
In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, who loved animals, Police Department Chaplain Father Anthony Guinta gave a special blessing to pets and their owners, among them, K9 officers with the Columbia Police Department, shelter dogs, and dogs in training for PAALS.
Guinta, a former police officer in Boston, now Franciscan Missionary Priest, gave a general prayer for all of God’s creatures, then blessed each dog individually.
Although all pets were welcome, only dogs showed up at the Columbia Police Department.
Blessing of the Animals is an annual tradition among Christians, observed on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
After the blessing, pets and their owners were invited into CPD Headquarters for a special reception.
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